July 31, 2009

Tote bag tutorial

Here is a lil How To use the old Cricut to make this handpainted tote bag!

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Using the steps in my SCAL 101 guide to cutting cool crap, I cut a cool flower design on freezer paper. Freezer paper can be found in the sandwich bag aisle. It has a paper side and a shiny side, and can be ironed onto fabric temporarily for use as a stencil.

tote bag tutorial

I used the outline of the flower as my stencil, and ironed it on to my tote bag. I had to add in all the little pieces inside on my own. I will have to figure out a better way of transfering the design. Maybe contact paper?

tote bag tutorial

Yeah it's blurry. You try painting and taking excellent photos at the same time. Anyways, I used a make up sponge to paint on my colors. For paint, I used regular acrylics and mixed them with an additive to make it better for fabric. Dab dab dab, dab dab dab.

tote bag tutorial

Once I had it painted and dried, I peeled off the freezer paper. It comes right up, no mess.

tote bag tutorial

And I picked out all the little pieces too, which wasn't quite as easy, but makes it look good.

tote bag tutorial

I painted on another flower design, and cut out a bird silhouette from fabric. Loooove the polka dots.

tote bag tutorial

And it still looked like it needed something, so I added a satin ribbon around the top to match the brown and polka dots.

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Happy pretty tote bag!
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7 comments:

  1. I love your bag and must try this out. Thank you for the clear instructions.
    Carolyn

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  2. That looks great! All the little pieces are worth it, you got an amazing amount of detail! Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

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  3. Really, really love this! I've got to try that freezer paper trick.
    Thanks!

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  4. Very cute! I've used contact paper and the little pieces are hard not to tear to get the sticky side off.

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  5. I love it ! You are one DIY diva - such an eye for beauty, and such patience too!

    Lovely handiwork.

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  6. Love this tote! Much to pretty to use though! You are so creative and talented. I'm going to try the freezer paper. What a great idea!

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